Should you wish to see how Battlefield Hardline is looking one month or so before release, the open beta for PC players will begin on 3 February. It’ll run for five or six days (depending on what time it opens up and closes,) finishing on 8 February.
Developers Visceral confirmed the news through the twitter-horn:
In something of a sad reflection on the devaluation of the term “beta” in recent years, Visceral also felt compelled to stress that this will be a “real” beta. Not like those fake marketing betas you may previously have come to expect from games like … well, Battlefield.
The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will, apparently, really matter in terms of feedback. For real this time. Definitely.
The company has also indicated that PC spec-wise, Battlefield Hardline will be pretty similar to Battlefield 4.
The beta will give people a chance to try out three different game modes throughout the week (suggesting that they’ll come and go): Hotwire, Conquest and Heist. It’s said that players will also be able to mess about with the ‘Hacker’ feature, giving one person access to security camera footage and enabling them to instruct team-mates where to press an attack. Pretty much like the Commander Mode in Battlefield 4, I think.
Downtown, Dust Bowl and Bank Job will be included as playable maps. You can read more about the different maps and modes in the game, over here.